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  • Study Type

    Full time available

  • Subject Areas

    Psychology

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    website

  • Last Updated

    22 January 2019

Cognitive neuroscience examines the biological processes that help us to understand complex mental functions such as memory, language, emotion, perception, attention and consciousness. 

While psychology focuses on understanding the structure of the mind through behavioural experiments, neuroscience concentrates mainly on cellular and molecular mechanisms of the brain. 

Our course gives you unique access to the York Neuroimaging Centre (YNiC) where you'll have opportunities for hands-on experience of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), magnetoencephalography (MEG), eletroencephalography (EEG) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). You'll learn how to design, analyse and evaluate neuroimaging experiments, and see how they contribute to our understanding of brain mechanisms. 

Provided jointly by the Department of Psychology and the York Neuroimaging Centre (YNiC), the course pulls in expertise from other areas of the University, such as the Hull York Medical School.

Course content

Our course is made up of 180 credits, consisting of taught modules and a substantial empirical project. 

By placing neuroimaging in the wider context of cognitive neuroscientific research, our modules introduce you to the principles and design of neuroimaging, and the specialist methods required for the analysis of data gathered from experiments.

Your research project will enable you to participate in the design and implementation of a piece of pure or applied research in cognitive neuroscience. You'll receive hands-on training in advanced brain imaging methods - some of which are being developed at York.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

You'll be taught through lectures, seminars, practicals and group work by academic experts within the Department of Psychology as well as external experts from other academic institutions. As the course progresses, you'll have greater independence with the emphasis being on choice, specialisation, and independent study, all supported by supervisors.

Seminars focus on small group work, discussions and presentations. You will gain knowledge in all aspects of research, from designing and carrying out experiments to analysing, critically evaluating and interpreting results. This experience will equip you with valuable skills that you will apply in your final empirical project.

Through the Virtual Learning Environment, you will have access to teaching materials, including lecture slides and recordings, practical demonstrations and supporting materials.

Facilities

Our Department is purpose-built with superb teaching facilities.

Lectures will take place in our state-of-the-art lecture theatre which is equipped with multiple screens for presentations, audio amplification and lecture recording facilities. 

You'll have access to our multimodal Action Perception Laboratory, an EEG Lab, TMS Lab and Sleep Lab and the York Neuroimaging Centre which is equipped with two MRI scanners and a MEG scanner.

Teaching location

The Department of Psychology is located in James College, Campus West.

Most lectures, tutorials, seminars, practical work, staff offices and laboratories are in our psychology building. Some of your teaching will take place here and some at the York Neuroimaging Centre (YNiC) in the Biocentre, York Science Park. 

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Modules are assessed through essays, critical analysis, presentations, practical reports, and a dissertation and poster presentation based on the Empirical Project. 

Careers and skills

This MSc will enhance your transferable skills as well as the skills required for careers in a range of industries. A high proportion of our graduates go on to complete PhDs in neuroimaging, psychology or neuropsychology. Others gain further research experience before undertaking a PhD or training in Clinical Psychology; or find work as Assistant Psychologists and Research Assistants. 

The Department's Employability Coordinator works closely with the University careers service, which offers our students an additional range of career and recruitment events, skills sessions and one-to-one advice.

For information about professional pathways in psychology see the British Psychology Society website


Visit the Cognitive Neuroscience - MSc page on the University of York website for more details!

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